Happily N'Ever After

Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 13 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Who would have thought an animated comedy satirizing the predictable nature of fairy tales could be so grim?
  2. 30
    Winds up answering the question of what "Shrek" hath wrought, and between its plastic-looking visuals and cynical attitude, the news isn't good. Lacking the genuine wit and humanism of that film and any number of forebears, this one deserves its dumpin'.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    30
    N'ever was an apostrophe so misplaced, n'ever was the prospect of good cheer so perversely defeated.
  4. This is another tired kidsploitation product.
  5. The rationale behind this unattractive animated comedy, a U.S.-German coproduction, seems to be that since it can't create a fairy-tale world of its own, it might as well riffle through many of the more familiar ones, with particular emphasis on Cinderella's, pretending to deconstruct them with postmodernist glosses, adolescent wisecracks, and a few high-tech anachronisms.
  6. As stiff and slogging as animated films come.
  7. 25
    An ugly, unfunny, headache-inducing fairy-tale spoof.
  8. The best that can be said of this charmless animated picture is that whether or not it ends happily -- an outcome you're unlikely to give a hoot about -- it does, happily, end.
  9. Happily N'Ever After carjacks "Cinderella" and puts her wicked stepmother behind the wheel.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    A pallidly "hip" revision of classic fairy tales that would be better told straight up if anyone had the nerve. It will divert small children, but so will a brightly colored object if you twirl it.
  11. 20
    Director Paul J. Bolger and screenwriter Rob Moreland have drained the affectionate wit out of the Shrek franchise's satire, giving us instead a barely sketched out story line and quantities of unimaginative CGI.
  12. Stuffed with stock characters -- the vain prince, the critter sidekicks -- who adamantly stay stock.
  13. 0
    If you really want the kids to see a colorfully cryptic meta fairy tale, be subversive and go rent 'em some Alejandro Jodorowsky. No child deserves Happily N'Ever After.
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Jun 16, 2011
    8
    Yes The Film Is NOT Creative.. But Sarah Michelle Gellar DOES A+++++ Voicing! The Plot Is Not Very Good... This Cast Of Voices Is The BestYes The Film Is NOT Creative.. But Sarah Michelle Gellar DOES A+++++ Voicing! The Plot Is Not Very Good... This Cast Of Voices Is The Best Cast I Have Herd In Along Time! Overall 8! Full Review »
  2. Nov 4, 2010
    3
    lousy piece of crap CGI
  3. AnnaB.
    Jan 5, 2007
    4
    Childish garbage that a few kids might love for its semi-intresting jokes and followable plot and jokes.